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Bella Spewack (screenplay)") &
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Unfinished remake of "My Favorite Wife," due to the firing of Marilyn Monroe from the film. She was eventually re-hired, but died in August, 1962. Film was never completed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Marilyn Monroe ... Ellen Wagstaff Arden

Dean Martin ... Nicholas 'Nick' Arden

Cyd Charisse ... Bianca Russell Arden

Tom Tryon ... Steven Burkett / Adam
Alexandra Heilweil ... Lita Arden
Robert Christopher Morley ... Timmy Arden

Wally Cox ... Shoe Salesman

Phil Silvers ... Johnson

John McGiver ... The Judge
Grady Sutton ... The Judge's Clerk
Eloise Hardt ... Miss Worth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Allen ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Bella Spewack (screenplay "My Favorite Wife (1940)") &
Sam Spewack (screenplay "My Favorite Wife (1940)")

Arnold Schulman  screenplay unused &
Nunnally Johnson  screenplay &
Walter Bernstein  screenplay

Produced by
Gene Allen .... associate producer
Henry T. Weinstein .... producer (as Henry Weinstein)
Peter Levathes .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Johnny Mercer 
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer 
Leo Tover 
 
Film Editing by
Tori Rodman 
 
Art Direction by
Gene Allen 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist (as Sidney Guilaroff)
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard Raguse .... production sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Evelyn Moriarty .... stand-in: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
 
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George Cukor .... dedicatee
Dean Martin .... dedicatee
Marilyn Monroe .... dedicatee
 

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37 min (2001 version)
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Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
For one sequence in this film, Marilyn Monroe was to wear a flesh-colored bathing suit and appear to be swimming in the nude. When the scene was being filmed, Marilyn doffed the costume and wore only a flesh-colored bikini bottom. During a still photo session after filming the scene, she removed even that. The resulting publicity photos, many with Marilyn's obviously naked back to camera, garnered the film worldwide media coverage.See more »
Quotes:
Ellen Wagstaff Arden:Come on, the water's so refreshing! You know, after you finish doing, uh... you know.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "Arena: Screen Goddesses" (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Dean Martin & Lee Remick---How Did They Meet?
Glynis Johns---Was She Suppose to Star in "Something"?
Marilyn---What Happened After Famous Swimming Pool Scene?
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Oh, For What Might Have Been, Maybe, 25 October 2005
Author: robertinlosangeles from United States

This could have been one quite-good movie. AMC assembled the footage that was shot prior to MM's death-- but if you're reading this, chances are you know this-- and from every indication, it could have turned out to be an enjoyable sex farce, perhaps a groundbreaking one, as it pushed the envelope just a little further.

First, Monroe looked great in the tests as well as in the completed footage. She could get her act together if handled right. Second, and this fact cannot be overlooked, she was playing a MOTHER-- of children-- for the first time. And a sexy, mid-30s mother at that! Way back in 1962, 40-odd years before "Desperate Housewives," sexy moms were unheard of. Nobody considered that a woman was still a woman, even after having a kid or two.

Second, "Something's Got To Give" had a great cast. Both Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse were perfect as the other two angles in this screwball triangle, Martin quite convincing as a comic suburban dad and Charisse exemplary as Monroe's sexual foil. And the cameos from comedians ranging from Wally Cox to Steve Allen only added to the parfait.

But above and beyond Monroe and the casting, "SGTG" had George Cukor at the helm. Cukor knew a few things about comedy and could bring a presence to any film bearing his directorial touch. He knew what makes things funny. Think the Tracy-Hepburn classics. Think "The Women." Think "What Price Hollywood." No, DON'T think "My Fair Lady" nor "A Star Is Born."

There's talk about finishing this film digitally. Just one question: why? Unless someone can digitally resurrect George Cukor from the grave, there'd be no point.

Something's got to give? Something DID give, damn it. Marilyn Monroe gave into her demons, and what might have been a new start for Monroe's career as we witnessed maturing sexuality never got a chance.

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